Special Projects Fund

Grantee Name

Active Minds, Inc.

Funding Area

Special Projects Fund

Publication Date

August 2013

Grant Amount

$125,000

Grant Date:

May 1, 2010 – April 30, 2012

A mental health disorder epidemic is sweeping America’s college campuses, with approximately 1,100 suicides among college students reported every year.

The New York State Office of Mental Health reports that more than 122,000 college students in New York State seriously consider suicide each year, with almost 89,000 formulating a suicide plan, and more than 22,000 making a suicide attempt. Mental health services on campuses are often underused, with students often needing some kind of bridge to access them.

To fulfill this need, Active Minds establishes student-run campus chapters of mental health education groups to increase awareness of mental health issues and resources, as well as decrease stigma. These chapters work with on-campus counseling services to promote understanding of mental health problems, encourage early help-seeking, and provide information about available resources on campus, online, and in the community.

In May 2010, NYHealth awarded a grant to Active Minds to expand its reach to 10 additional campuses in New York State and to create its first statewide network.

Outcomes and Lessons Learned

  • Expanded the Active Minds network to 30 campus chapters across the State, reaching more than 200,000 students, or 12% of the State’s college students.
  • Launched a program bank on the Active Minds website, allowing chapters to virtually connect with one another and learn about best practices.